Residents in Merced and Mariposa counties will have access to a database of human service resources by simply dialing 211. The program is scheduled to launch in October. Assistance through 211 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in 150 languages.
Child support payments now are possible at MoneyGram locations. The option could translate into more payments for children. Previously, parents that needed to pay in cash could do so only at local child support agencies.
Q.: I understand the importance of both parents interacting in the best interest of their child, but anticipating a conversation with my son's father makes my stomach queasy. So much so that I recently suggested he pick our son up at my mother's house. Is that good ex-etiquette?
Perhaps it's a sign of maturity that, for a recent high school reunion, I worried not about the extent of my wrinkles or the number of pounds I may have added since the last event. No, nothing so banal. My concern revolved around one factor that would've never mattered forty years ago:
Our son and his family sent a classic snippet while they are on vacation. It is a short video that opens with the sun beaming streaks of apricot behind a bank of dark scalloped clouds hugging the horizon. Majestic. The camera pans a barn, a windmill, beautiful wide-open prairies and wheat fields with perfect right-angle corners. Breathtaking. And then in the background you hear one of the kids yelling, "Stop it, John!"
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm 34 and my wife is just a few weeks away from giving birth to our first baby. I'm excited about becoming a dad, but my anxiety levels over the past week have been through the roof, and sometimes I feel like I'm having a heart attack. On top of my shortness of breath and dizziness, I'm also breaking out in hives. I've seen my doctor about this, but he has yet to solve my problem. My wife has been very supportive, but I hate feeling so helpless when she's the one who has to give birth. What can I do to be normal again?
I took a baseball to the brain the other day. Early indications are that the hardball survived the collision - only slightly less rounded - and my brain, as well, though as one colleague put it, "What exactly is the baseline for mental acuity on your part?"
Okay, every time I hear Donald Trump say something mean or ugly, I have to ask - where is this boy's mother? Has he not been taught the basic rules of respect? Because I have a nine year-old who has better manners.
Summer can be very exciting for all, especially older siblings who relish the new experiences summer camp brings. However, it can be very easy to underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a young child can feel when their older sibling is away. Young children don't have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling's absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this time to connect with your younger child.
Parents need to know that "Skylanders: Trap Team" is an action/adventure game in which kids control fantastical creatures, each of which has its own real-world toy counterpart. Players fight a variety of non-human enemies as they try to protect Skylands from a group of escaped villains. The shtick this time around is that kids can pull these villains out of the game and "trap" them in plastic crystals, then summon them as playable characters when needed. Like other "Skylanders" games, the cartoon violence is frequent but relatively mild. Characters use weapons including swords, guns, and magic in their attacks, but defeated enemies simply fall to the ground and disappear. Keep in mind that "Skylanders: Trap Team" will tempt kids to buy additional toys to enhance the game experience. Kids can use their existing collection of "Skylanders" toys from previous games to help limit costs, but they'll need to spend at least $125 beyond the price of the starter pack to be able to unlock all of the game's secret areas and special quests.
When temperatures rise, sometimes all desire to spend time in the kitchen flies right out the window. However, good nutrition and balanced eating are important at any temperature, so be sure to start even the hottest days with a healthy breakfast.